Friday we left home and drove I-40 to I-75 to Cincinnati in the rain and the fog. Stopped to pick up a cousin in Lexington then on to Aunt Mary’s. From there we went to the funeral home to pay tribute and say good-bye to Uncle Bob. Saturday after the funeral and graveside service we gathered with family at Cousin Peggy’s house. Then we stayed on in Cincinnati for a few days visiting with Aunt Nell and with Karen’s cousins, with Uncle Neil and Aunt Vi, and with Lynne, Danny, and Janet – newly rediscovered cousins of Steve’s. A bonus was the opportunity to celebrate Halloween in Mount Lookout on the streets where Karen once trick or treated as a tiny one. And of course we had to sample special foods, Zip Burgers, Mt Carmel Amber Ale (brewed by a distant cousin), Graeter’s Ice Cream, and homemade apple dumplings and pumpkin pie. The visit was a feast for body and soul.




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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

We made it to the Top of the World, or at least the northernmost land mass in Europe, Magerøya Island. On our coach tour we learned much about the natural history and the cultures of this starkly beautiful place.